The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Penrose Estate, Helston. The course is run entirely on tarmac paths. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.

Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other park users. This won't hurt your time, it won't stop you from getting a PB and it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy the event.

Please, wherever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport when attending the event. If you do have to drive, please consider car-sharing to reduce our impact on both the environment and other park users. Please also watch out for other park users when arriving and leaving. Parking may be limited so try to arrive early.

Course Safety

Penrose parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, spectators and helpers are asked to take care about the following:

  • Please be considerate to the park and other park users at all times.
  • Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied (within arm's reach) throughout the run by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice.
  • Please arrive by foot, by pedal-power or by public transport if you can - your efforts help to reduce our impact on the park and the planet.
  • Please consider volunteering to help occasionally - this event survives only because of your generosity - please visit the volunteer page for more information.
  • Take care near roads and car parks - some vehicles drive very quickly. Please congregate away from the cars and be careful in particular if you have children. If you’re driving to the run, please drive carefully even if you’re late!
  • When running, take care on uneven surfaces – whether on grass or on tarmac. Watch out for cyclists, other runners, pedestrians, children, dogs, wildlife, park animals, vehicles, park maintenance work, falling branches, bollards, posts and other obstacles around the course.
  • Please ensure that you are fit enough to walk, jog, run 5k (3.1 miles) with us.
  • If you see a runner with a serious problem, please stop to help them out and get help as soon as possible.
  • If you’re watching, keep clear of runners on the course, and look after any children and dogs you may have with you.
  • It is not permitted to run with a pushchair and a dog at the same time.
  • Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks. Consider protecting yourself by wearing repellent when at parkrun events in grassy or wooded areas. See for further details.
  • You are welcome to take part with one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • Runners pushing buggies are welcome, but please take care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Penrose parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help parkrunners compare results.

Age Grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age group to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance. The scores can also be compared across different race distances - to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.

For more information, please see our Support page.

Course Map

Course Description

An out and back flat course run mainly on tarmac through the wooded part of the National Trust’s Penrose Estate with glimpses of Loe Pool at the turnaround point when the course goes into parkland.
The start is at the entrance to the Penrose Estate, next to the Fairground car park, opposite the boating lake. Flora Motors is next to the car park entrance.
The turnaround point is at metal bollards by the entrance to Penrose House (private residence). There is a slight incline up to this point.
Retrace your steps and the finish is in the amenity area between the car park and the start of the parkrun.


Toilets are located at the Lakeside Café.
Large free car park.

Getting There

Location of start

The runs starts at the entrance to the Penrose Estate, next to the Fairground car park, opposite the boating lake.

Getting there by public transport

Train: Penzance train station 10 miles from Porthleven.

Bus: From Penzance train station, take First U4 Penzance-Penryn Campus via Goldsithney - Helston.

Getting there on foot

The start is opposite the boating lake, just off the Porthleven Road, through the gateway into the Penrose Estate.

Getting there by road

Penrose Estate is on the B3304 SW of Helston just off of the A394.
There is a large council car park beside Flora Motors, next to the start, which is free (What3words ///cone.parade.caused). The Fairground car park is next to Flora Motors and opposite the boating lake, post code TR13 0RA

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the lakeside Café - please come and join us!